Birds of America
By John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E.
GENUS VII.--MICROPTERA, Nutt. WOODCOCK OR BOGSUCKER.
Bill double the length of the head, straight, slender, tapering,
sub-trigonal, and deeper than broad at the base, slightly depressed towards the
end; upper mandible with the ridge narrow, towards the end flattened, the sides
with a narrow groove extending to near the tip, the tip blunt, knob-like, and
longer than that of the lower. Head rather large, oblong; eyes large, and
placed high; neck short; body full. Feet rather short; tibia feathered to the
joint; tarsus rather short, compressed, scutellate; first toe very small, the
third much longer than the tarsus. Claws very small, arched, acute. Wings
short, rounded, the fourth and fifth quills longest, the first three
extraordinarily attenuated. Tail very short, cuneate, of twelve feathers.